Victoria Gannon is a writer and editor living in Oakland. She received her undergraduate degree in English from Mount Holyoke College, in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Prior to attending the Visual and Critical Studies program at California College of the Arts (CCA), she lived in Portland, Maine, where she studied nonfiction writing, worked as a journalist, and walked her basset hounds. While a student at CCA, she wrote on subjects as diverse as her cousin’s hair, thrift stores, inheritance, and architecture and, occasionally, about art. She wrote her VCS thesis on the cultural geography of informal day laborer hiring sites in Northern California. In addition to presenting her work at the VCS symposium, she delivered her thesis at the American Association of Geographers’ 2011 annual conference as part of the panel “Spatialities of Race and Class.”
Since graduating from the program in 2008, she has continued to work as a writer and editor. Formerly a reviewer for the KQED Arts and Culture blog, she presently writes a bimonthly column titled Bedfellows: Art and Visual Culture for the Art21 blog and is a senior editor for the Bay Area based online arts journal Art Practical, to which she is also a review and feature contributor. In addition, she has written for the magazine Meatpaper and for Open Space, the blog for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and attended the 2011 Squaw Valley Community of Writers conference. She currently works as an editorial associate in the publications department of SFMOMA. Writing samples and contact info available at 85wpm.wordpress.com.